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My journey began at 200 lbs with a goal to lose a total of 70 lbs.

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Initially I lost about 40 lbs. In Jan 2017, I injured my shoulder and foot in an accident leading to steroid injections, surgery and physical therapy. Recovery was slow; I regained a lot of weight and developed other health issues that further impacted my progress. In 2018, a check-up revealed that my BP and cholesterol were also dangerously high.

Determined not to live on meds, I decided to focus on lifestyle and dietary changes. Join me on my journey to health!

August 2020 Update
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Returned to doctor for general exam & the results were fantastic!

Weight Loss: Down from 200 lbs to now 169 lbs
Blood Pressure: Down from 150/89 in 2019 to NOW at 132/70.
Previous Cholesterol was: Total 288 (HDL 48, LDL 197, TG 217)
Aug 2020 Cholesterol now: Total 232 (HDL 51, LDL 162, TG 96)

Member Since: 5/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 143,242

My Goals:
To go from 200 lbs to weigh 135 lbs. and wear size 10 again.
To avoid blood pressure and cholesterol medications.
To get strong, fit & healthy, and have more energy.

My Program:
Following old WW exchange-based diet/program. 1-2 liters water daily.
Exercise/activity 60-90 minutes/day. Strength training 3 x a week.
Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds programs
Also using SparkPeople Workout DVDs and others.

Personal Information:
My name is Karen. I love people, sharing life experiences, and learning about different cultures and foods. Favorite foods (so far) are Italian, Mexican, Chinese,Thai and Middle Eastern. Also I am Christian - I love God and I love the Word of God - Jesus is my Savior and Lord! Spiritual influences include: Joseph Prince, Creflo Dollar, Andrew Wommack, Keith Moore, & Kenneth & Gloria Copeland. I also love animals/nature, living in the country, walking/hiking and fitness, writing, history, art. Enjoy classic, sci-fi & mystery novels. Love Dr. Who (old and new series!) and old movies 40s-50s-60s (TCM) & action/drama films (eg. Bourne series). I am also an artist... see paintings in photo gallery.

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  • v LINDA!
    Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

    .......... 🌸🌸🌸 Have A Beautiful Weekend!
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    1 day ago
    You prove your worth w/your actions, not w/your mouth. Jean Paul
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    "Above all, do not lose your desire to walk.
    Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness.
    I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it."
    -Soren Kierkegaard~

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    "If today gets difficult remember the smell of coffee
    the way sunlight bounces off a window
    the sound of your fave person's laugh
    the feeling when a song you love comes on
    the color of the sky at dusk
    & that we're here to take care of each other."
    ~Nanea Hoffman~
    Hi Karen, was a beautiful day here. Got a nice walk and went shopping too, the stores are getting more busy. I like it better less crowded. Oh well. I need to get there earlier. Hope your day went great and you got some rest. Have a nice weekend emoticon emoticon
    2 days ago
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    Racey and I got two walks in and took in for a ride to mail some bills he keeps from shopping which i don;t need to do !
    chilly again so we just walked no yard work just not in to it today emoticon .
    Winner, winner! Today I'm feeling slimmer!"

    "Lose it, lose it. Yeah, I'm gonna chose it."

    Worry ducks when purpose flies overhead. Terri Guillemets
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    hugs and snuggles from us to you prayers as always
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    "Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful;
    they are sunshine,
    food and medicine for the soul."
    ~Luther Burbank~
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    “A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in--what more could he ask?
    A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
    ― Victor Hugo
    “The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path,
    I walk in peace.
    With each step, the wind blows
    . With each step, a flower blooms.”
    ― Thich Nhat Hanh
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    Flowers spring up where friends have walked🌼
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    Hi Karen, thanks for stopping by. Heading out for my walk, sweet scents outside form the Jasmin bushes. Can't wait to see your walk you took with your friend. Shopping for me this morning, but feeling great today. Happy Friday Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3 days ago
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